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Precalculus [Hardcover]

Michael Sullivan , Patricia Burns
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March 12, 2004 0131913999 978-0131913998 7
For undergraduate courses in Precalculus. The Seventh Edition of this dependable text retains its best features-accuracy, precision, depth, strong student support, and abundant exercises, while substantially updating content and pedagogy. After completing the book, students will be prepared to handle the algebra found in subsequent courses such as finite mathematics, business mathematics, and engineering calculus.
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About the Author

Mike Sullivan Professor of Mathematics at Chicago State University received a Ph.D. in mathematics from Illinois Institute of Technology. Mike has taught at Chicago State for over 30 years. He is a native of Chicago’s South Side and currently resides in Oaklawn.  Mike has four children.  The two oldest have degrees in mathematics and assisted in proofing, checking examples and exercises, and writing solutions manuals for this project.  Mike III co-authored the Sullivan Graphing with Data Analysis series as well as this series.  Dan, the youngest, sells for Prentice Hall as a generalist.


Mike has authored or co-authored over ten books.  He owns a travel agency, and splits his time between a condo in Naples, Florida and a home in Oaklawn, where Mike enjoys gardening.  Mike first signed this series with Deleen Publishing (Acquired by Macmillan) in 1985.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall College Div; 7 edition (March 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131913999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131913998
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well designed for self study November 5, 2005
I taught 2 sections of precalculus with this book last spring. This book is well designed for self study. Examples are keyed to specific exercises so the student is directed to use a concept immediately after seeing it employed in a suitable exercise.

My one quibble with the book is the way trigonometry is introduced. It seems to be needlessly convoluted so if you are thinking of adopting it you should read the first two or three sections covering trig. I chose to supplement it with my own notes.

I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to supplement a high school precalculus course with a book that is stronger on theory vs. graphing calculator techniques. There are some very inadequate precalculus texts out there. If you are serious about mathematics and your school is using an approach that employs graphing calculators in a heavy way, you may want to use this book. In that case consider an older (cheaper) edition.

Update: Another reviewer comments that the 7th ed and the 6th ed may be significantly different. Well, they are not.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and understandable. May 27, 2006
At the beginning I was a bit worried about the way the book explains the material. It seemed too simple for a book dealing with more complex subjects in math such as functions, trigonometry and analytic geometry. Then again it could be said that this quality is the one that makes the book such a joy to read.

Not a single time did I felt lost or confused by the presentation. Most of the graphics and photos do supplement the explanation, and help the reader grasp the information better. One of the highlights, one that perhaps most people will miss, is the simple review questions at the beginning of each section. These little snippets of previous material force the reader to review those concepts that will be essential for further understanding.

Every new section in the book is short and clear; thus reducing the amount of explanation, but at the same time maintaining just enough so that the reader will not feel lost in the many formulas and derivations. If this book does not get "5 starts" from my review it is only because it could be more mathematically rigorous by presenting more proofs. But by not doing so it increases the clarity and easy presentation the book possesses - great book well worth the price.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Especially With Solution Manual. July 26, 2005
Bought the teachers edition and 2 solution manual books (1500+pages each) all for 63 bucks. BRAND NEW!

Anyways, this book I find to be a lot better than many many of the other math text books out there. What is nice about this book is the simple fact that it doesn't try as hard to fool you as the others. Other text books seem to be written by people that are really advanced and think, in a way, that we are as well. They sometimes don't realize that the stuff they put down into text books might be a lot harder to someone that doesn't have a firm gasp and understanding as they have.

I mean...don't you hate text books that give you examples and solutions, but all of the examples are of easy problems and the ones that you do want to know are not shown? In highschool, I didn't know weither to use my math text books to learn or use it as heating fuel for the winter nights. Listening to the teacher wasn't very helpful because he followed the pace of his more advance nerdy students and using the book to catch up helped as much as little if nothing.

This book, however, can actually teach you pretty much everything step by step, especially if you use it with the solutions manual which shows you step by step how the answers are achieved. For once, I'm learning more from the book than from the teacher. They should hire the book, it would be cheaper. I'm sure the book will grade us by a curve as well and be nicer to us. This whole summer semester I've been learning almost everything from the book, the teacher is just extra.

The way the book is made, its an accumalative (spelled wrongly I bet) kind of thing. You can learn it all if you go through it from a to z, beginnig to end.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of info. February 15, 2010
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This book has plenty to prepare you for calculus. It reads easy and is not boring.
I read at my leisure to keep things fresh and discover new mathmatical truths that I only skimmed-over in the past.
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